Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Health officials issue rabies alert for Citrus Park area

TAMPA — Hillsborough County health officials issued an alert Tuesday for residents in the Citrus Park area after two raccoons tested positive for rabies.

The first raccoon was found in December and the second in January, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County.

The positive rabies tests prompted them to issue the alert for residents of the 33625 ZIP code, urging them to vaccinate their pets and be wary of interacting with wildlife.

The alert will remain in effect for 60 days, officials said.

The rough boundaries of the area affected include Gunn Highway on the north, Gardner Road on the south and the Veterans Expressway and Sheldon Road on the east and west.

Residents were also urged to avoid leaving pet food outside or garbage cans open.

Anyone bitten or scratched by an animal that might have rabies is urged to seek medical attention and report it to the health department at (813) 307-8059.

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